The War Within -Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 38-40

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Arjuna continues speaking to Krishna:

“Even if they, those whose thoughts are seduced by greed, do not perceive the harm caused by the destruction of family and the crime of treachery to friend,

“Why should we not know to turn back from this evil, this wrong caused by the destruction of family, O Agitator of Men?

“With the destruction of family, family law is lost; when established family law is lost, lawlessness overpowers all of society.


“The wrong caused by the destruction of family” and “family law is lost”

The Sanskrit word for ‘family‘ means a number of things from ‘herd, troop, flock, or swarm’, to ‘race, family, community, tribe, or school’.

The first meaning of the word for ‘destruction‘ is ‘dominion’. The second meaning is ‘abiding’ or ‘dwelling’ in an undisturbed residence, especially a secret one. The third meaning is ‘loss, diminution, destruction, or end’. 

The word for ‘wrong‘  means ‘deficiency, disease, impurity, harm, or detrimental effect’.

“The crime of treachery to friend”

The word for ‘crime‘ literally means ‘that which causes to fall’.


In the previous installment, we noted that the participants in the war are all related to each other. If the purpose of the war is kingship and the power and pleasures that go with it, there seems to be no point in continuing because everyone will lose everything, even their lives, so who would benefit? But what if this isn’t really a story about a war, but a story about you that is based on a historical event to make it more significant to you? … but now it is a few thousand years later, and here you are living in a different body, in a different time, in a different culture, and this scripture, and the epic of which it is a part, seems strange and confusing…

What is the significance of everyone involved in the war being related?

Every one of us, whether we are ‘enlightened’ or not, are exactly the same as everyone else in what it is that we really are. How could anyone be more closely related than this? And everyone of us is within you and is a star in the sky all at once. God, you, us, is all there is. There is nothing else. 

But what about the Father-In-Heaven God? Is that a myth? No, nor is Divine Mother a myth. God has no limitations, so God can and will be, whatever we need It, Him, Her, to be.

If these statements seem to contradict each other, be reminded that scriptures are full of contradictions and require that we engage in whatever battle we must in order to understand these paradoxes. 

It is not I but the Father in Heaven that does these things.
I and my Father are one.
— Jesus

Know for certain that the true Self and Guru are truly one.
Know for certain that God and Guru are truly one … and for this reason a wise person will seek the Guru who is meant for them.
— The Guru Gita 

Bringing this idea a little closer home, consider that all these relatives, being all there is (it’s your dream, so you’re everyone and everything in it), are what makes up your own body, i.e., as cells in the physical sense, chakras in an energetic sense. The common choice of the word ‘family’ in various translations makes sense because of the reasons given, but at another level it brings to mind a genetic pool. DNA is one way of looking at the evolutionary force (kundalini) in its physical form, so we might assume that this ‘war’ will affect some transformative change (‘destruction’) within ‘the family law of the human body’ (DNA).

Things work a certain way (‘law’) with the ‘family’ that makes up a human body; there is a close relationship between everything of which the body consists and how it all functions as a unit. All of this begins to go through changes once the ‘war’ begins. Under normal circumstances, these changes are unnoticeable as they unfold slowly over many lifetimes, but the Mahabharata war is about the accelerated evolution of the individual who dares to allow the evolutionary force, kundalini, to awaken and become ascendent. This is not normal and is very much noticeable to the individual concerned, and with its advent, “family law is lost”—the old rules no longer apply. A new law is in the making, a new world order is being established within the world of the body for the purpose of replicating the perfect template held by the closest ‘relative’. Using this template, evolution is attempting to cheat death and bring about the divine, immortal body at the end of the current lifetime.

This puts a new perspective on concepts like destruction, dominion, and who or what dwells within an undisturbed hidden place. 

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma


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VI:5-9 The Means of Ascension to Yoga

We are each our own means of ascension to union with the Divine. Having attained it, we see the same in everyone and, strangely, we are different. 

One is one’s own instrument of ascension, and should not be the cause of their own defeat. Indeed, one is one’s own friend or one’s own enemy.

You are the instrument of your ascension to Yoga, or your defeat. You are your own best friend or your own worst enemy. You are a friend to yourself when you are ascended to Yoga, but you are like an enemy to yourself if you perform actions for self-motivated purposes (with the intention of fulfilling desires, i.e.,  previous verses).

By winning this victory, one is truly a friend to oneself. If one does not, one will remain like an enemy to themself.

No one can do this for you. The previous verses told us how to go about this (verses 1-2 and 3-4): we surrender ourselves to Truth/God, and Shakti, Divine Energy, plays us like a flute and brings it about with no effort on our part. But only you can surrender yourself to God/Truth. 

Having won this victory, passions are subdued, and one is united in sameness with their Higher Self, and dualities, such as heat and cold, difficulty and ease, honor and dishonor, are all the same.

“Passions subdued” – Fulfillment

Complete satisfaction is a state of dispassion. In this state, you are the same as your Higher Self. Your Higher Self, being beyond all dualities such as difficulty and ease, they are all the same to you. In this moment of dispassion, the you that you thought yourself to be, has become the same as the You that you really are—you and the Real You are the same. The Real You was always in this state of sameness and non-duality, and you have become the same as That.

Through this fulfillment, higher wisdom is correctly comprehended. Therefore, thus established through experience, one is said to be a yogi in a state of sameness, the highest state in which the senses are subdued, and a lump of clay, a stone, and gold are all the same.

The previous verse described a state in which you are essentially the same as your Higher Self. Verses 1-2 and 3-4 told us how this union is achieved. This verse indicates that we come to this point through knowledge and understanding of the mysteries (teachings incomprehensible to the uninitiated and unexperienced), which we have been getting from Lord Krishna by eavesdropping on His conversation with His disciple, Arjuna.

“Through this fulfillment, higher wisdom is correctly comprehended”
Once a desire is fulfilled it no longer exists. When the desire is for Truth, its fulfillment is complete indifference and sameness in all things, because Truth is everything that is. Even if this fulfillment lasts for only a short time, during this time, understanding inevitably appears; one understands the wisdom-knowledge he has been given. 

“Therefore, thus established through experience, one is said to be a yogi in a state of sameness, the highest state in which the senses are subdued
For as long as he remains in this state, the senses are inactive—what have they to do when all has been accomplished? The senses are withdrawn from their corresponding objects, so desire and passion cannot exist, leaving the yogi in a state in which everything is equal, the same. 

Impartial toward friend, companion and enemy, neutral in the midst of enemies and relations, the righteous and the unrighteous, discerning the same in everyone, one is distinguished among others.

In verse 7, we saw the same in subtle things, like difficulty and ease. In verse 8 we saw the same in material things, like a stone and gold. Now we see the same in each other, this last, being the most important, and which makes us distinguished among others—we are different. 

It is an interesting phenomenon that by seeing the same, we are different. The Sanskrit also means that we are ‘taught differently’ and ‘in a different direction’. 

The same day went Jesus out of the house and sat by the sea side.

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship and sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow.

“And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.

“Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth,

“And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered away.

“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up and choked them.

“But others fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

And the disciples came, and said unto him, “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?”

He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

Matthew 13:1-11, KJV

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma